The controls for this game are really wonky. You'd think that a controller would be the best way to go with a game like this, but it really isn't. I found the controls much more intuitive with a mouse and keyboard.
There is no map of the track, and the isometric view means you can't see much of the road ahead of you. At first I was like, "What kind of crappy racing game is this?" but then I realized that it's more of an arcade game than a racing one.
You zoom through the game, avoiding obstacles and shooting bad guys. I'm not particularly great at either those things, but I am good at one thing: crashing. So I upgraded my car with a bunch of armor and some spikey rams, and I crashed into my enemies to my heart's content.
The graphics are very cool, the soundtrack is fun, and (once you get used to the weird controls) the car controls respond quite well to your commands.
The game was extremely fun at first, but it got very repetitive very quickly. The first boss fight was interesting. After that, there was a bunch more of the same ol', same ol'. Second boss fight: different and interesting. Then more boredom (oh but this time they removed most of the walls on the sides, so I actually had to pay attention to where I was driving instead of crashing into the sides, hee hee).
There are new enemies introduced gradually, but they don't really change the gameplay very much. You still just zoom around, shooting or ramming them.
You collect coins as you progress through the game, which you can then use to upgrade your vehicle. This process is a familiar game mechanic but is also confusing. None of the upgrades tell you what exactly you're buying. I bought a new gun, and only after using it was I able to say, "Ahh, I see. This gun is way more powerful but has a slower rate of fire." But nowhere does it tell you if the power on the basic version of this gun is equal to or better than a fully upgraded version of the previous gun. I'm not much of a number cruncher, but I would still like to know the basic stats of the equipment I am buying.
If you want to go back and re-play levels (to get more coins or get a better score or something), you select "Free Play" from the single-player menu. I mention this because the campaign mode shows the entire map and doesn't let you go back to previous levels, which at first led me to believe that you were unable to revisit them.
There is a multiplayer mode, which I presume would be fun to goof around in like a party game.
It only took me about three hours to buy the best equipment for my car and complete the game. I might go back and try to get a better score on previous levels, but in all honesty, the game has little to no replayability. The repetitive gameplay might be okay if there were cool new paintjobs you could buy for your car or something, but as it is, I've already bought everything in one imperfect playthrough. This game needs something, anything
that would give the player an incentive to pick it up and play again.
If you can buy this game very cheap, it is definitely worth it. I had a coupon and picked it up for $1, and I definitely got more than a dollar's worth of entertainment out of it. I'm glad I didn't pay any more than that though.
If you want a good-looking, fun little arcade game to play in short sessions, you will probably like this game.
If you're expecting anything more than that, don't buy it.